Ducal Palace and Museums of San Marco Square

starting from 19.00 plus the service charge of 5.00* Sala del Maggior Consiglio - Palazzo Ducale (Venezia)
Category: Museum Tickets
Location: Venice, Italy
Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Only one ticket to get access to the most beautiful works of the Venetian heritage housed in the magnificent frame of the San Marco Square's buildings!

With a few clicks you can see the Ducal Palace, the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library, avoiding long waiting times at the entrances.

In the Ducal Palace the path begins with the six rooms of the Opera Museum, then continues in the courtyard which overlooks the suggestive Giant Staircase; then it moves to the upper rooms of the palace where there are the precious rooms of the Doge Apartment and the Institutional Rooms that develop over three floors, and finally it ends with a visit to the Prisons and to the Armoury composed of more than 2000 pieces.

The Correr Museum offers a variety of itineraries, from the Neoclassical Rooms where stand out the works by Antonio Canova to the rooms where lived the Empress Elizabeth of Austria, from the halls of the New Procuraties that house a "collection of wonders" to the 19 rooms of the Picture Gallery.

The National Archaeological Museum houses a large collection of antiquities with Greek sculptures of the 5th and 4th century BC, the beautiful Grimani collection, as well as a numismatical collection, portraits of the Roman period, ceramics, gems and ivories.

Then you'll visit the Marciana National Library, built by Jacopo Sansovino, that is characterized by richly decorated rooms made by personalities such as Tiziano Vecellio, Tintoretto and Paolo Veronese, that house today precious manuscripts like the 16th century Grimani Breviary and the Globe of Fra Mauro, and ancient editions.

Only one ticket - many masterpieces!

What makes this Tour Unique?

  • Only one ticket to visit many masterpieces of Venice
  • See the Ducal Palace, the Correr Museum, the National Archaeological Museum and the Monumental Rooms of the Marciana National Library
  • Skip the line and don't waste your time

Reduced and free tickets

Reduced/Half Ticket:
(valid identity document needed at the entrance)

  • Children from 6 to 14 years
  • Students from 15 to 25 years
  • Tour leaders (max. 2) for groups of children or students
  • Citizens over 65 years
  • Staff of the Ministry of Heritage and Cultural Activities
  • Holders of Rolling Venice Card
  • F.A.I. members
  • ARCI members
  • Cardmembers IKEA FAMILY
  • Family Pack: 1 full ticket and the others reduced, for families of two adults and at least one child (from 6 to 18 years)
  • School Pack: from the 1st September to the 15 March, for classes of students of all levels accompanied by their teachers with a list of names compiled by the belonging Institute

Free Ticket:

  • Citizens and residents in the Venice Municipality
  • ICOM members
  • Children from 0 to 5 years
  • Disabled people with escort
  • Authorized guides and interpreters accompanying groups or individual visitors
  • 1 free ticket every 15 tickets with advanced booking
  • Civil Service's Volunteers
  • Ordinary MUVE partners
  • MUVE Friend Card holders
  • DUCAL PALACE

Audioguides

Available in Italian, English, French and Spanish.

Cloakroom

There is a cloakroom where visitors can hand in umbrellas, large bags and backpacks.

Bookshop

There is one shop at the end of the tour path where it is possible to buy works of Italian and international publishers regarding also the Museum itself.

Café

There is a café situated on the ground floor of the palace where you can taste a refined selection of coffees and pastries.

Disabled Visitors

The Palace (except for Prisons and the Armoury) is accessible for disabled persons and it has also a specific lift and toilettes.

  • CORRER MUSEUM

Cloakroom

There is a cloakroom where visitors can hand in umbrellas, large bags and backpacks.

Bookshop

There is one shop on the first floor where it is possible to buy works of Italian and international publishers regarding also the Museum itself.

Café

There is a café situated on the first floor of the palace where you can taste a refined selection of coffees and pastries.

Disabled Visitors

The Museum is accessible for disabled persons and it has also specific toilettes, but it has a limited roominess lift.

  • NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

Disabled Visitors

The Museum is accessible for disabled persons and it has also toilettes.

  • MONUMENTAL ROOMS OF THE MARCIANA NATIONAL LIBRARY

Disabled Visitors

The Library is accessible for disabled persons.

All these museums are located in San Marco Square - Venice.
  • Ducal Palace

Probably began in the 9th century, the building was damaged by fire and underwent a first big renovation in the 12th century by order of the Doge Sebastiano Ziani. Since 1340, under Doge Bartolomeo Gradenigo, the palace began to assume its present shape but there was another big fire in 1483 that led to the rebuilding of the inner part, followed by the construction of the Giants Staircase, and another in 1574 after which the direction of the works was entrusted to Antonio da Ponte, joined by Andrea Palladio; in the following years also Tiziano and Veronese were called to decorate the interior of the building.
In the early 17th century were added the so-called New Prisons made by Antonio Contin and connected to the Palace by the Ponte dei Sospiri (Bridge of Sighs), so named because it was crossed by the prisoners carried to the cells.
Since 1797 the Palace was no longer used as the Prince and magistrates' seat, but it was used as the seat of administratives offices of the Napoleonic and Hapsburg empires, and in 1923 assumed its current role as a museum.

To see: Opera Museum, courtyard and loggias, Doge Apartment (Scarlatti Hall, Shield Hall, Grimani Hall, Erizzo Hall, Plaster or Priuli Hall, Philosophers Hall, Corner Hall, Portraits Hall and Squires Hall), Institutional Rooms, Bridge of Sighs, New Prisons and the Armoury.

  • Correr Museum

The collection is located in the Napoleonic Wing built in the first half of the 19th century in the place where previously there were the church of San Geminiano and the prolongation of the Old and New Procuraties. Designed by the architects G. A. Antolini, Giuseppe Soli and Lorenzo Santi, and decorated by Giuseppe Borsato, it also hosted the Hapsburg Court, in its frequent visits to Venice so that the building still preserves many of the hallmarks of the Napoleonic and Hapsburg era: architecture, decorations and furniture in neoclassical style.

To see: Giovanni Bellini, Transfiguration (about 1455-1460) - Giovanni Bellini, Dead Christ supported by two angels (about 1460) - Vittore Carpaccio, Man with a red cap (about 1490-1493) - Vittore Carpaccio, Two Venetian ladies (about 1490-1495)

  • National Archaeological Museum

The Museum originated in the 16th Century thanks to the numerous donations of Venetian families, in fact in 1523, Cardinal Domenico Grimani left to the Republic of Venice a group of ancient sculptures from a vineyard near the Quirinale in Rome; also his nephew Giovanni in 1587 donated his collection of nearly two hundred sculptures from the Roman possessions of the family, as well as marbles came from the Istrian coast and sculptures from Greece. After the death of Giovanni, the setting of the collection was entrusted to Federico Contarini.
Other donations were made in 1683 (collection of medals of Pietro Morosini) and in 1795 (gems and ancient vases of Girolamo Zulian). Between 1919 and 1920 was made an adequate accomodation of all the works in the New Procuraties and for all the century the number of works has continued to increase.

To see: High relief with Mithras killing the bull, Artemis (I century BC), Athena said "Contarini" (end of the 5th century BC), Vitellio said "Grimani"

  • Marciana Library

In 1468 Cardinale Giovanni Bessarione made a donation to the Republic of Venice "for the common good of mankind" and this marked the birth of the first nucleus of the library; only in 1537, however, began the construction of the Library Palace in San Marco Square designed by Jacopo Sansovino and the decoration was then realized by Titian, Paolo Veronese, Bartolomeo Ammannati and Tintoretto.
Over the years the library grew thanks to many donations as well as to the incorporation of other libraries of the city; many of the works donated came from Byzantium, so that Venice became the most important center for the study of the Greek classics and attracted the greatest humanist researchers.
In 1603 a law imposed to every Venetian printer to deposit in the Marciana a copy of each book printed, so it became the institutional library of the Republic. After the fall of Venice, also the collections of the religious orders abolished by Napoleon came together in the Marciana Library which today houses one of the finest collection in the world of Latin, Greek and oriental manuscripts.

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27 May 2016
Interesting to see the palace of a republican monarch. It announces not the monarch but the strength of the state which really makes it different to the rest. It celebrates the Oligarchy. This allows you to see in a quick tour how the glory of Venice came about. Keep to a guided tour so you get the significance. The prison...
27 May 2016
Well wort a visit for the Architecture, Paintings and history. It was only €12 for seniors, so not too expensive.
27 May 2016
My guide books indicated there would be a long line to the Doges Palace and that St. Marks wouldn't be hard to get into. We found just the opposite. The lines were long to the basilica but short for Doges. The Palace is awesome. The private apartments were not open when we went but there is still plenty to see...
27 May 2016
Walking round you get to see the way the justice system worked and how the Doges made decisions that changed people's live for minor offences. Visiting the prison and walking across the bridge of sighs was spine tingling,
27 May 2016
I suggest you get there early in the morning and check in advance if there are cruise ships in port! It was a beautiful!
27 May 2016
This grand building was worth visiting - especially for history buffs. The rooms are interesting, and well signed to provide visitors with good information on the building and its use. A highlight was that you can walk right across the famous 'Bridge of Sighs' as part of the admission to the Palace.
26 May 2016
Together with Saint Mark's Basilica, the Doge's Palace is a symbol of Venetian wealth and power a thousand years ago, and was the residence of the Doge of Venice, the supreme authority of the former Republic of Venice.
26 May 2016
Doges' Palace is HUGE. We had arranged for a tour of the Palace and the Basilica. This is the only way to go as the lines are long and the tour group provided immediate access. Our tour included on wing of the palace which was where the general government sessions occurred. In addition, we crossed the Bridge of Sighs and...
26 May 2016
The Doge's Palace is amazing. So much amazing art and architecture! It is definitely worth seeing while in Venice.
23 May 2016
As per Rick Steve's recommendation, get your ticket at the Museo Correr (~19 euro) for admission to 4 different museums in the square and avoid the lines at Doges' Palace. Great palace to behold, but be ready for some walking and some steps. Amazing art, architecture, history. Take your time and some photos. Awesome.
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